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Mount Keira Ring track

Illawarra Escarpment State Conservation Area

Visitor info

All the practical information you need to know about Mount Keira Ring track.

Track grading

Grade 4

Learn more about the grading system Features of this track
  • Time

    3hrs 30min - 4hrs 30min

  • Quality of markings

    Clearly sign posted

  • Gradient

    Short steep hills

  • Distance

    5.5km loop

  • Steps

    Many steps

  • Quality of path

    Formed track, some obstacles

  • Experience required

    Experienced bushwalkers

Getting there and parking

Byarong Park picnic area, where the track begins, is in the Mount Keira precinct of Illawarra Escarpment State Conservation Area. To get there:

  • Heading south on the Southern Freeway from Waterfall towards Wollongong, exit at Figtree.
  • Turn left onto the Princes Highway
  • After 0.5km, turn left again onto Mount Keira Road. It is 3km to Byarong Park.

Parking

Parking is available at Byarong Park. It can be a busy place on the weekend, so parking might be limited.

Best times to visit

There are lots of great things waiting for you in Illawarra Escarpment State Conservation Area. Here are some of the highlights.

Spring

Enjoy a native wildflower display on the Forest walk.

Summer

Cool your heels on the Mount Keira ring track, which threads through refreshing rainforest.

Winter

Take advantage of the escarpment elevation for a spot of whale watching north of Mount Keira, or from one of the several lookouts.

Weather, temperature and rainfall

Summer temperature

Average

16.5°C and 25.6°C

Highest recorded

42.3°C

Winter temperature

Average

8.3°C and 18.3°C

Lowest recorded

-0.5°C

Rainfall

Wettest month

April

Driest month

August

The area’s highest recorded rainfall in one day

316mm

Facilities

Drinking water isn't available in this area, so you'll need to bring your own supply.

Maps and downloads

Safety messages

Please take care on this walk, stay on the track and keep a safe distance from cliff edges.

Bushwalking safety

If you're keen to head out on a longer walk or a backpack camp, always be prepared. Read these bushwalking safety tips before you set off on a walking adventure in national parks.

The walking opportunities in this park are suitable for experienced bushwalkers who are comfortable undertaking self-reliant hiking.

Mobile safety

Dial Triple Zero (000) in an emergency. Download the Emergency + app before you visit, it helps emergency services locate you using your smartphone's GPS. Please note there is limited mobile phone reception in this park and you’ll need mobile reception to call Triple Zero (000).

Prohibited

Pets

Pets and domestic animals (other than certified assistance animals) are not permitted. Find out which regional parks allow dog walking and see the OEH pets in parks policy for more information.

Smoking

NSW national parks are no smoking areas.

Mount Keira Ring track

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Mount Keira Ring track, Illawarra Escarpment State Conservation Area. Photo: John Spencer